Visual Arts

Happy Bastille Day: 10 Great French Works of Art

Claude Monet
Today marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, the Paris prison that was the symbol of Louis XVI's absolutist monarchy. The jail held fewer than 10 prisoners, but the symbolic 1789 victory in has gone down in history as the day the first French Republic was born.

There are a few things the French don't do so well: cars, the Olympics, King-Louis-the-Anything-furniture. But there's also a lot that the French do well: food, movies, kissing.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
CAROLINE EVANS
Contact: CAROLINE EVANS